Author: Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Series: House of Night, #5
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (Imprint of Macmillan)
Date Published: March 16th, 2010
What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you?
At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with an unexpected danger that might bring them all down. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, who looks gorgeous and has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading power, but what if it shows Zoey truths she can’t face? Meanwhile, the red fledglings have cleaned up well, but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to fix things with super-hot ex-, Erik, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms, and she is driven to save him from Neferet’s sinister influence. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?
So here we are again. Zoey and her friends, boyfriends, and un-dead friends are off on another adventure in which only Zoey can solve because she’s the “chosen one”. This time Zoey and her friends have to stop the evil fallen angel Kalona from taking over the world. Bwahaha! No, but seriously, Kalona and Neferet have joined forces for Team Dark Side in an effort to do…well I don’t really know what. To be evil? It’s not really explained what their ultimate purpose is. but I’m sure it’s pretty bad. *nods head*
Okay, so I’m not really a House of Night fan. There, I said it. I have never really enjoyed these. There have been bright moments here and there where I see some good solid (needed) changes in Zoey and her friends (maturity wise especially), and some good things are happening (for example picking one or no boyfriends). Then, all those changes bounce back. It’s like the characters and the storylines take one step forward and two steps back. I feel like by the end of every book we’re always back in the same exact place we were when the book started, and it’s beyond frustrating!
Let me get this out of the way though. I will finish this series. I hate not finishing a series and so I will get up to date on it if it kills me. But really, it’s not all bad. There are some things I like. I like Stark. Even though he’s sort of evil, but at the same time not, I like him for some reason. Not sure why yet but I have a good feeling about him. I like Heath. Despite him being such a tiny little character I like him. He’s good people. I’m not sure about Erik anymore. I used to like him but he’s changed. Probably because Zoey tore out his heart and beat it with a stick. But still. I like Aphrodite and I like Darius, and I love them as a couple. Let’s see, what else? Well, not much else I guess. I sometimes will get into the stories despite their circular patterns, but not this time unfortunately.
I also dislike Zoey. A lot. She’s probably my least favorite heroine…ever. I wish she would make up her damn mind about who she likes, or “loves”. Hey, if she could at least pick just TWO guys, that’d be an improvement, but there are always at least 3-4 guys she’s “with” and apparently her skankiness is a big turn on to all of them because they keep crawling back to her practically on their knees! I don’t get it. It’s frustrating and the love triangle/square/hexagon is the thing I dislike about these books the most. I also hate being in Zoey’s head. She is so unbelievably immature most of the time. It’s like she has no concept of consequences and how her actions will affect other people. If these books were from Aphrodite’s POV or a character like her who has actually grown and changed and learned from her mistakes, I think I would enjoy these immensely more.
But anyways, enough of this. I know this is pretty much a ranting review and I apologize for that, but I had to explode about this because it’s driving me insane and I needed to vent. So why the three stars instead of two? I don’t know. I usually reserve one star for books I actually didn’t finish and two stars for books I literally had to drag myself through. This was neither of those. I didn’t hate the book even though I’m sure it sounds like it. It’s kind of a like/hate relationship. I want to know what’s eventually going to happen with all of this, but the getting there can feel a bit like getting teeth pulled (without the numbing or laughing gas of course). Sometimes I can get into the stories and hopefully the next book will be one of those times!